Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Video Of The Week: On Board with the World's Best Rowers

This week's featured video comes to us via World Rowing, and makes use of GoPro cameras to take us along for the ride with some of the best athletes and crews in our sport. There's no shortage of big names making an appearance, among them the Kiwi Pair, the men's eight from Australia, and the Romanian and Canadian women's eights. Mixing in a little slow-mo also makes this a good video for coaches to show their athletes, and that soundtrack! (Is this a first for FISA, going all Dubstep on us?) Whether you're new to the sport, or have been involved for many years, it's hard to beat watching a few athletes at the top of their game doing what they do best.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

No Fade for the Kiwis: Even-Splitting is the New Black

2012 Kiwi men's double (Photo: B. Kitch)
All Black, that is. They don't care if you're ahead at the 500m. They don't care about high strokes coming out of the starting area. They don't even much care about high strokes to finish off a sprint. Why? Because they know it's a 2,000-meter race, and they're not going to slow down.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Video Of The Week: Training with the U.S. Men's Quad at Craftsbury Sculling Center

This week's video comes to us via the U.S. men's quad, who are coming off a great performance at Henley last week. The new-look combo fell just short of knocking off the home team (Sam Townsend, Pete Lambert, Charlie Cousins, and Graeme Thomas—the same lineup that took gold ahead of Germany at the second World Rowing Cup in Aiguebelette) in the Queen Mother Challenge Cup, leading through Fawley but eventually losing to the Brits by half a length. It was one of many great races at this year's Henley Regatta, which, as usual, featured more than its fair share of nail-biters, as well as a number of memorable storylines.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Video Of The Week: Rowing Blazers at the 175th Henley Royal Regatta

The first day of the 2014 Henley Royal Regatta is history, and what better time to celebrate the release of Jack Carlson's new book on rowing blazers? Our friends at Hear the Boat Sing recently reviewed Carlson's work, and it's well worth a read. Everyone lining the banks in Henley-on-Thames is donning their colors and supporting their schools and clubs, but as is always the case, the field has already been reduced by half. Let's take a look at how things played out today, shall we?

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Video Of The Week: Team GB Training in Avis, Portugal

This week's video offers an inside look at the GB men's rowing team during their training camp in Avis, Portugal earlier this year, and while it's certainly not short of scenery and context, what makes this video worthwhile is the amount of very high quality technical rowing—a good reminder of the finer points of the sport in the midst of summer racing season. Speaking of summer racing, the Holland Beker is set to take place this weekend on the Bosbaan in Amsterdam, and there will be a number of familiar faces from World Rowing Cup II on hand, including Julien Bahain—the French Olympian is now racing for Canada (and just placed sixth overall in the men's single in Aiguebelette). Earlier today, Bahain took on Roel Braas over a 200m course at the Aegon City Sprints in Amsterdam, and, from the look of it, Bahain came out on top.